Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

More or Bore

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

More or Bore

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THE column YOU write yourself! If you fancy a go at More or Bore simply send 400-500 words to the Editor, Evening Gazette, Borough Road, Middlesbrough or email: editor@eveninggazette.co.uk BUT BE PREPARED to write MORE... If you win the readers' vote you will get the chance to write for THREE WEEKS -and pick up a special prize. Vote online on www.gazettelive.co.uk ANDY Parker was a detective in Middlesbrough CID. In 2007 he felt like he had been in a car crash and woke up one day with a job in the police force in Perth, Western Australia. For him it was Life on Mars... This is his third and final column.

WELL, I made it to a part three of life down under for you, the Gazette reader. Rules did state a promise of a prize so here's hoping for a day at the Riverside Stadium, final game of the season, promotion sorted. Hope the flights are included as well.

I will try and explain what its been like here in here in Perth Western Australia.

The climate is the big attraction together with beautiful golden beaches on the doorstep and the clear blue sea of the Indian Ocean.

The Swan River runs through the city filled with yachts, speedboats and jet skis, it's like something from a Hollywood movie. Clean, crisp air, the city skyline of skyscrapers sparkling in the sunshine, it looks great.

I now work in an office overlooking the river and it's difficult not to sit, stare and admire, drink coffee, stare some more, little bit of work, another coffee and then it's the day over. That's the Aussie way, It seems like the last two and half years we have been on holiday. I have a waistline to prove it.

Living the life in the sunshine, barbecues at local parks on the weekend, barbecues at friends', parties at home while the kids play in the swimming pool, one can expect all that steak and prawns, washed down with cold beer, guarantees a holiday figure.

To balance things out I can cycle every day to the train station to get to work.

Coming home in the summer, feels like a hairdryer blowing on you so its straight in the pool we go. …

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